So Much Talent

Sometimes we’re amazed at the amount of talent here in Southwest Florida!

Case in point are the students that participated in the 6th Annual “Ding” Darling – Theodore Cross High School Photography Contest this year.

The competition invited high school students from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties to compete for prizes that included a Canon digital SLR camera package, chartered class trips to the refuge,  » Read more

What a GREAT Idea!!

Now THIS is a great idea!

Longtime guest Don P. from Farmington Hills, MI, who returns to Ocean’s Reach each spring with his beautiful family, wrote to us recently:


“I don’t know if anyone else has done this, but we called a few relatives and friends, and had them get on their computers and look at the live beach cam on the Ocean’s Reach site.   » Read more

Underwater Secrets

The USS Mohawk, now an artificial reef

Southwest Florida’s best-kept secret isn’t found downtown, on a beach or on an island – in fact, it’s not found anywhere on land. It’s a network of artificial reefs hidden underwater. Since the 1980s, it’s grown into both an alluring activity and a vital tool for conservation.

Coral reefs are a small part of the ocean but have a huge impact on the environment.  » Read more

Unplasticate Your Life

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As we celebrate Earth Day today, we invite you to join us in making a renewed effort to “unplasticate” our lives.

We are now producing more than 300 million tons of plastic every year.  The amount of plastics that ends up in our oceans is reaching crisis proportions, not only threatening our waters and marine life, but human health, as well.  » Read more

Watching in Awe

Photo by Holly Kapherr

The headline reads: “In Fort Myers area, Mother Nature is the best salesperson.”

So begins a piece published last month in Travel Weekly, long known as one of the top trade magazines for the travel industry.

The article, written by Holly Kapherr, recaps some of the sights and sounds highlighted on a recent media trip hosted by the Lee County Visitor &  » Read more

Dynamic Duo!

Photo by Debbie Thompson

Photo by Don Thompson

Talk about a dynamic duo!  Don and Debbie T. from Indianapolis, IN are longtime guests that have captivated us with their incredible photography over the years.

Don has had his work included in the annual Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar numerous times since the beloved calendar was first published in 1988.   » Read more

Beer in the Bushes

Beer in the Bushes has become the unofficial End-of-Season Party on Sanibel!

Whether you’re looking for new craft beer tastings, great food, world-class music, or just a chance to catch up with islanders at the end of this busy tourist season, Beer in the Bushes is the place to be on April 20.

This year’s event is being touted as “a night of positivity, community and music”  » Read more

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